Summer Vacation

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is already upon us.

It wasn’t always easy. It definitely wasn’t always pretty. But we made it through together and today’s gorgeous sunshine is the light we have been seeing through what often felt like a very long, dark tunnel.

There are a few folks to thank, starting with our students. The resilience you have shown in a year that has had more twists and turns than a roller coaster is remarkable. Yes, you have learned math and reading and science, but the biggest lesson you learned this year didn’t come from a book, it came from your experience and deep within you. To quote Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne, “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you will ever know.” We can’t wait to see you back in class in person next year.

A special thank you to parents. Where to begin? You have worn many hats this year, and you have worn them all with grace and style. You have elevated the task of educating your child at home to an art form (even if you think it looks like something done by an angry toddler), and you have been amazing and passionate advocates for your children all the way through this wild and crazy year. Thank you for always supporting your children, and for supporting our staff this year. We know it hasn’t always been easy for you, but you’ve seen it through to the end. Hopefully, your kitchen island, dining room table and living room won’t have to double as classrooms next year.

Thank you to our staff. The past 15 months have been nothing short of remarkable, and you have been nothing short of remarkable in your response. As we hopefully emerge from the pandemic over the summer and return to a more normal school year, we know that you are excited at the prospect of having classrooms filled with the busyness of learning and look forward to hopefully leading extracurricular activities next year.

So that’s it. Finito for 2020-2021, a year that has felt a decade long.

For those looking for things for your children to do this summer, please note that the secondary (link) and post-secondary (link) SOAR programs, in partnership with the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara, have spaces remaining. Please click the appropriate link for more information about the program and how to register.

A reminder that the Catholic Education Centre is closed on Fridays through August 13, and will be closed from July 23 through August 9 for our annual shutdown. No staff will be available to answer calls or emails during that time, and all calls and messages will be answered when staff return.

As you know, we are normally quite active on social media, even over the summer, but this year, we’re taking a little break. We’ve had a lot of messages going back and forth this year, so we’re going to take our leave of you for now, and only message you when we absolutely have to. Social media will go silent for stretches as we all enjoy the best that summer has to offer and a little break from interacting online. If you have questions, please call the Catholic Education Centre at 905.735.0240 or email info@ncdsb.com for assistance.

So, friends, stay well and safe this summer. Wear sunscreen. Wear a mask when you have to. Drink water, and drink in the all-too-short joys of summer. Before you know it, we’ll be together again.

 

Summer FAQs

How do I get my child’s report card?

Report cards are available through the NCVLE. Instructions were sent to elementary families in June about how to access them.

How do I get a transcript?

Transcripts are available here.

How do I register my child for school at Niagara Catholic?

Registration is available online, anytime. Please click on the elementary or secondary link and begin the process. Registrations are completed in-person at the school. Offices reopen on August 30, and families will be contacted to arrange an appointment to complete their child’s registration during that week.

How to I arrange transportation?

Niagara Student Transportation Services is responsible for student transportation. Please contact the individual responsible for your city for assistance.

I’m new to Niagara. Does Niagara Catholic have a uniform?

First of all – welcome! Niagara is a wonderful place to raise a family and we’re sure you’ll love everything our unique geography has to offer. Students in our elementary schools wear a navy and white dress code. Please buy the clothes wherever is convenient for you and fits your budget. More information is available here. Secondary schools have a uniform, and pieces can be ordered through the school. Please visit the school website for links to the uniform provider.

I need child care. How can I find out what my child’s school offers?

A list of child care providers is available here.

I want my child to attend school in-person instead of online in September. How do I change that?

Families will receive surveys in August with your final preferences for whether your child will attend in-person or online. If you do not respond, we will automatically enroll your child for in-person learning.

My child is in secondary. What will the year look like?

Please click here for secondary plans for the coming school year.

What COVID protocols will be in place?

We are awaiting guidance from the Ministry of Education about COVID protocols for the 2021-2022 school year. That information will be communicated to parents prior to the start of the school year.

What about vaccinations?

Niagara Catholic recognizes and respects that the decision to vaccinate yourself or your child vaccinations are a very personal and/or a family decision. Students will be welcomed back to school, regardless of their vaccination status.

Will children without vaccinations have to wear masks?

That is information we have not yet received from the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, or Niagara Region Public Health. We will share information with families this summer.

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